Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Pump Handle Turn

The Pump handle turn version of Turn by the right or By the left was devised for use in crowded ballrooms especially where all the Couples in an Active, Longwise set are performing a 4-bar Turn.

On the first bar, hands are taken as for a Quick turn; once the dancers have passed the Centre line, the Turn is opened out for the second bar; these two bars are then repeated back to Places.

Here are examples of those Scottish Country Dances for which we have instructions on this site and in which the term, Pump handle turn, either appears explicitly or is implied; note that for a common term these will be a small selection; for a rare term, these may be all that exist:

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